Summer Stage Concerts -- July 7 Through July 13

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Ballet Hispanico

Presented by SummerStage

Central Park, Manhattan. Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00pm

FREE

Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory: Website

Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear.  Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums and played thousands of shows. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York's Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals worldwide. Recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as "a probing, thoughtful score" by The New York Times), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that debuted at New York's Guggenheim Museum and exhibited at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. He's recently been performing with Tift Merritt, developing a children's TV show, and writing for his next album.

Luke Temple:

Originally from Cape Anne, Massachusetts, Luke Temple moved to the North West, sleeping rough in the woods, working in a candy store and as a janitor at a suburban mall. All of his aimlessness lasted a year and half. He enrolled in school of the Museum of Fine Arts and spent five years painting portraits, after which Luke moved to New York.  After recording two critically acclaimed albums to little commercial reception, Luke made what would become the first Here We Go Magic album, forming the band and releasing the self-titled debut in 2009. Luke kept busy touring and recording two more full lengths and an EP. 

TONY VEGA

In Association with La Mega

Presented by SummerStage

St. Mary's Park, Bronx. Tuesday, July 8 at 6:00pm

FREE

Tony Vega is a Grammy nominated internationally known salsa singer and bandleader. Vega was born in the town of Salinas, Puerto Rico into a family of musicians and therefore learned how to play the bongos and conga at an early age.  Vega was one of the new breed of artists emerging from Puerto Rico salsa in the '80s, and has worked with many of the biggest stars of salsa, from pioneers of the genre, to the present. It has been said that " Tony Vega defines its music as salsa class and swing with a fresh sound , modern, uncomplicated , with a romantic touch and traditional roots." Vega's beautiful voice and his innate ability to play modern salsa in the best tradition of the classic soneros have been polished and refined over his 19 years as an artist,  first as a drummer and then as a singer. Until now, Vega took part in the recording of 17 albums , including the last four with his own band and record company RMM.

Make sure to arrive early for a free Salsa lesson with Zulma Rodriguez. Zulma is a professional dancer who has competed, performed and continues to teach dance. Her background includes Jazz, Ballroom, Hustle, and Salsa On1 and On2. Join Zulma at 6:00pm for a Salsa lesson that will teach basic steps, patterns and combinations, as well as how to connect beginner and intermediate Salsa On2 dance moves into a fun simple combination.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

SUMMER RECITAL SERIES

MARY-JANE LEE

GINGER COSTA-JACKSON

YUPENG WANG

DAN SAUNDERS

Presented by SummerStage

Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan

Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00pm

FREE Metropolitan Opera:

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars.

Mary-Jane Lee (soprano) is in her first year of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Most recently, she was featured as Parasha in Mavra, as part of a co-production of the Met and the Juilliard School, conducted by James Levine. She has received awards from the Met's National Council Auditions, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Dallas Opera Guild Competition.

Ginger Costa-Jackon (mezzo-soprano) is a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a Samling Scholar. She made her Met debut in the Opening Night Gala of the 2008-09 season and has since appeared in the Met premiere of Nixon in China, new productions of Thaïs and Manon, and in Cavalleria Rusticana, Lulu, La Fanciulla del West, Carmen, and Francesca da Rimini. Next season, she will appear in Xavier Montsalvatge's El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York and return to the Met as Lola in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana.

Yunpeng Wang (baritone) is in his first year of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This past season, he was featured as Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini as part of a co-production of the Met and the Juilliard School, conducted by James Levine. He was a first prize-winner in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition at the Manhattan School of Music in 2013 and recently won the Second Place Prize, the Zarzuela Prize, and the Audience Award at Plácido Domingo's Operalia World Opera Competition.

Dan Saunders is increasingly well known to audiences around the world as an accomplished conductor and pianist. An assistant conductor to James Levine and Seiji Ozawa and a recitalist with many of the world's finest soloists, he served as the associate conductor of the Virginia Opera from 2000 until 2006 and is currently an assistant conductor with the Met. This past season, he served on the music staff for Met productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus, and Arabella.

THE BEATNUTS. ANA TIJOUX. BODEGA BAMZ. DJ TONY TOUCH

In association with LAMC:

Latin Alternative Music Conference

Presented by SummerStage

Central Park, Manhattan

Wednesday, July 9 at 6:00pm

FREE

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) - described by the NY Times as the "Sundance of Latin music" -- celebrates its 15th anniversary and yet another year of collaboration with Summerstage for an exciting series of concerts featuring both classic and cutting-edge music from across the Americas.

The legendary Beatnuts are a groundbreaking rap group that emerged from Queens, New York in the late 80s and made hip-hop history with classic collaborations with Biz Markie, Fat Joe and Method Man.  The Beatnuts, which includes Ju-Ju (of Dominican descent) and Psycho Les (of Colombian descent), have paved the way for new generations of Latin artists as the only Latin members of the infamous Native Tongues collective. Known for their classic hits "No Escapin This," "Off The Books," and "Watch Out Now" (which was later sampled by Jennifer Lopez for her radio hit "Jenny from the Block"), The Beatnuts have earned a stellar reputation for energetic live shows that showcase their diverse talents as MCs, DJs and producers.

One of the most respected MCs in any language, Ana Tijoux has been winning over fans around the world since her debut 1977 bubbled up from an underground sensation into mainstream recognition after being featured on the hit TV show Breaking Bad and favorited by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Ana Tijoux's new album Vengo showcase the nimble MC over lush, golden-era hip-hop production rooted in traditional Latin instrumentation. Rolling Stone named her performance at SXSW on of the best concerts of this year's festival, while the New York Times has called her "South America's answer to Lauryn Hill: equally skillful at singing and rapping."

Bodega Bamz:

Spanish Harlem native, Nathaniel De La Rosa publicly known as Bodega Bamz aka PAPI is taking the New York hip-hop music scene by storm. By infusing his rich Latino roots with his urban lyricism, Bamz has created his own sub genre known as Latin Trap. Born of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, his culture has always played a large role in his musical inspiration. From Hector Lavoe to Tupac, Bamz has mastered the art of incorporating Caribbean sounds and raw emotion filled lyrics. His stage name alone is symbolic of his drive and deep connection to his heritage, the name Bodega comes from the concept of "bodegas" or corner stores being pinnacle aspects to Latino communities, and Bamz is an acronym for "By Any MeanZ," which means providing a variety of quality music by any means necessary.

DJ Tony Touch:

Tony Touch A.K.A Tony Toca, began as a B-Boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 80's, and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. From his legendary mix tapes, to his skills on the 1's and 2's, he has become one of hip-hop's most recognized DJs and is known in the streets and industry as the real 'Mix tape King'. This C.E.O/Artist/Producer recently dropped his 7th commercial release, and over the years has worked with everyone from Nina Sky to Snoop Dogg, and Tego Calderon to KRS One. Touch is a champion for the Latino community, as well as a global icon, having toured in over 30 countries.

JOSE ALBERTO

("EL CANARIO")

In association with La Mega

Presented by SummerStage

St. Mary's Park, Bronx

Wednesday, July 9 at 6:00pm

FREE

José Alberto, is a Dominican salsa singer with a career that spans the past thirty years. His voice was widely adored by salsa fans, and his exceptional whistling abilities led fans to give him the nickname "El Canario" (The Canary). As a pioneer of a new style of salsa called salsa romántica, which arose at a time when classic, big-band salsa, was losing popularity on the Latin record charts, El Canario focused mainly on the romantic, softer aspects of the music, creating a mixture of earlier salsa brava and the ballad style. El Canario received international attention as the bandleader of Tipica 73 as well as for hit songs such as "Sueño Contigo" and albums including his debut, Noches Calientes and Dance With Me.

Make sure to arrive early for a free Salsa lesson with Zulma Rodriguez. Zulma is a professional dancer who has competed, performed and continues to teach dance. Her background includes Jazz, Ballroom, Hustle, and Salsa On1 and On2. Join Zulma at 6:00pm for a Salsa lesson that will teach basic steps, patterns and combinations, as well as how to connect beginner and intermediate Salsa On2 dance moves into a fun simple combination.

DOMINGO QUINONES

In association with La Mega

Presented by SummerStage

St. Mary's Park, Bronx

Thursday, July 10 at 6:00pm

FREE

Domingo Quiñones is a salsa singer, composer, producer and actor. Born on August 9, 1963 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey,  Quiñones moved to Puerto Rico with his parents when he was four years old, later returning to New York City in 1977. He began his career there six years later with the Conjunto Nativo. He also performed with other groups, including the orchestra of Rafael de Jesús, with José Alberto "El Canario", with Johnny Rodriguez and the Conjunto Clásico. In 1985 he replaced Roberto Lugo in the orchestra of Luis "Perico" Ortiz with whom he recorded four albums, including La vida en broma (1985), In Tradition (1986) and Perico (1987). He then sang for a time with Louie Ramirez and Roberto Roena. In 1990, he signed as a solo artist with RMM and released his first solo album: Domingo es mi nombre. After joining Tito Puente on his 100th record, Quiñones released his second solo album Pintando Lunas. That album included a duet entitled "Dos Amigos" with Tony Vega and a salsa version of the song "Crazy for You" which proved his great versatility. This was followed by six additional recordings with RMM, including one of his most important productions: "Se necesita un milagro", selected as one of the most influential albums by the National Foundation for Popular Culture of Puerto Rico. Among his many popular songs was "Mi Negrita Me Espera."

Make sure to arrive early for a free Salsa lesson with Zulma Rodriguez. Zulma is a professional dancer who has competed, performed and continues to teach dance. Her background includes Jazz, Ballroom, Hustle, and Salsa On1 and On2. Join Zulma at 6:00pm for a Salsa lesson that will teach basic steps, patterns and combinations, as well as how to connect beginner and intermediate Salsa On2 dance moves into a fun simple combination.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

SUMMER RECITAL SERIES

MARY-JANE LEE

GINGER COSTA-JACKSON

YUPENG WANG

DAN SAUNDERS

Presented by SummerStageSocrates Sculpture Park, QueensThursday, July 10 at 7:00pmFREE

Metropolitan Opera:

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars.

Mary-Jane Lee (soprano) is in her first year of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Most recently, she was featured as Parasha in Mavra, as part of a co-production of the Met and the Juilliard School, conducted by James Levine. She has received awards from the Met's National Council Auditions, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Dallas Opera Guild Competition.

Ginger Costa-Jackon (mezzo-soprano) is a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a Samling Scholar. She made her Met debut in the Opening Night Gala of the 2008-09 season and has since appeared in the Met premiere of Nixon in China, new productions of Thaïs and Manon, and in Cavalleria Rusticana, Lulu, La Fanciulla del West, Carmen, and Francesca da Rimini. Next season, she will appear in Xavier Montsalvatge's El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York and return to the Met as Lola in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana.

Yunpeng Wang (baritone) is in his first year of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This past season, he was featured as Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini as part of a co-production of the Met and the Juilliard School, conducted by James Levine. He was a first prize-winner in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition at the Manhattan School of Music in 2013 and recently won the Second Place Prize, the Zarzuela Prize, and the Audience Award at Plácido Domingo's Operalia World Opera Competition.

Dan Saunders is increasingly well known to audiences around the world as an accomplished conductor and pianist. An assistant conductor to James Levine and Seiji Ozawa and a recitalist with many of the world's finest soloists, he served as the associate conductor of the Virginia Opera from 2000 until 2006 and is currently an assistant conductor with the Met. This past season, he served on the music staff for Met productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus, and Arabella.

BALLET HISPANICO'S BHDOS

Pre-Show Master Dance Class with

BALLET HISPANICO'S BHDOS

Presented by SummerStage

St. Mary's Park, Bronx

Friday, July 11 at 7:00pm

FREEBallet Hispanico BHdos:

Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation's premier Latino dance organization. Handpicked by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the talented pre-professional dancers of Ballet Hispanico's second company BHdos bring the joy of dance and Latino culture to schools, communities and corporations. Join BHdos as they lead an engaging performance influenced by Spain and Latin America, featuring impressive choreography from the current Ballet Hispanico repertory.

BABASÓNICOSJUANA MOLINALA SANTA CECILIAIn association with LAMC:Latin Alternative Music ConferencePresented by SummerStageCentral Park, ManhattanSaturday, July 12 at 3:00pmFREE

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) - described by the NY Times as the "Sundance of Latin music" -- celebrates its 15th anniversary and yet another year of collaboration  with Summerstage for an exciting series of concerts featuring both classic and cutting-edge music from across the Americas. Babasónicos:

With determination, talent and intelligence, Babasónicos has became one of the most successful and recognizable groups to come from the "sonic" underground rock movement in Argentina in the 1990's. With 11 official albums and more than 22 years of constant touring with great success throughout Latin America, they've experimented with various diverse styles throughout their career, and continue to fill stadiums with screaming fans. Although they've never sought to conform to the typical Argentinean rock sound, this alternative band has established itself as a mainstream marketable group around the world.

Juana Molina:

Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment, learning guitar at the age of five. After a wildly successful career as a comedian and actress, Molina turned her focus back to her first love, music. She released her first album in 1996, and after the release of her second and third albums, she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. Her music features a highly unique and personal mix of elements ranging from folk to ambient and electronica. Her live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding and visually compelling experience. La Santa Cecilia:

Los Angeles band, La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose "Pepe" Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. In 2013, the band released their debut Trenta Dias, which features  a collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on "Losing Game." The band also celebrated 2014 with a Grammy win (Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album).

URBAN BUSH WOMENPre-Show Dance Master Classwith URBAN BUSH WOMENPresented by SummerStage

St. Mary's Park, BronxSaturday, July 12 at 7:00pmFREE

Join Urban Bush Women as they celebrate their 30th anniversary year with an evening of special performances that showcase the best of the company's repertoire as well as a SummerStage premiere.

Urban Bush Women:

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. The company presents this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. The company will premiere Chalabati, a new work choreographed by Zollar, with choreographic assistance by Maria Bauman for dance students at Virginia Commonwealth University, Florida State University, and recently Southern Methodist University. Chalabati, inspired by the Gnawa people of Morocco, is a work that explores journey, memory and ritual retelling of a shared history.

BONOBOCIBO MATTOODESZAIn association with Okayfuture'Celebrating 15 Years of Okayplayer'Presented by SummerStageCentral Park, ManhattanSunday, July 13 at 6:00pmFREE

Bonobo:

Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his significant powers. His 2010 album Black Sands went on to sell over 160,000 copies worldwide, and since its release, Bonobo has toured the world with his live band, wowing audiences of thousands at a time with the hypnotic, extended live versions of the album's tracks.  'The North Borders is another long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. With vocal features from no less than Erykah Badu, as well as Grey Reverend (Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) it's another finely balanced body of work. Cibo Matto:

Spanning two generations of indie royalty, playing with the Beastie Boys in the 90s, John Zorn in the 2000s and now having Weezer open up for them in Los Angeles in 2014 (Rivers Cuomo learned all his songs in Japanese), Cibo Matto not only stands the test of time, they are a cornerstone of this city's vitality and relevance. Although no one can forget their debut LP, Viva La Woman, their new album Hotel Valentine makes you feel like you're discovering this innovative duo for the first time. Odesza:

In 2012, Seattle production duo Odesza began as a recording project between Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) after graduating from Western Washington University. Their first release, Summer's Gone, was a mixture of dreamy, sun trickled melodies, glitched-out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping bass lines. Two tracks from Summer's Gone, "How Did I Get Here" and "iPlayYouListen," reached #1 on the Hype Machine Popular chart, cementing the duo as a force in the underground electronic community. 2013 saw the release of the My Friends Never Die EP with three of the five tracks hitting #1 on Hype Machine. Relentless touring followed, including dates with Pretty Lights, Emancipator, Michal Menert, and performances at Sasquatch Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, What The Festival, Summer Meltdown, Capitol Hill Block Party, MusicfestNW, Decibel Festival and Symbiosis Gathering. The duo was playing to larger and larger crowds when Pretty Lights tapped Odesza to remix "One Day They'll Know," which also hit #1 on Hype Machine and #8 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Also in 2013, Odesza selected their favorite producers for a follow up remix EP, My Friends Never Die Remixes, and launched the ambitious, ongoing mixtape series NO.SLEEP. To date, Odesza has over 4.7 million streams on SoundCloud, a number that is sure to grow after the duo tours this Winter and Spring along with numerous Summer festivals.

 

 

BRONX FAMILY DAY*DAVID GONZALEZ'*AESOP BOPS!FUNKY FABLES*KIDS JUNK ORCHESTRA*SECRET AGENT23 SKIDOOPresented by SummerStageSt. Mary's Park, BronxSunday, July 13 at 4:00pmFREE

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Bronx Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging young audiences and their families through thrilling performances! Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive music & dance workshops + face painting and more! 

 

David Gonzalez' Aesop Bops! Funky Fables:David Gonzalez is the proud recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence". In 2010 Mr. Gonzalez was named a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow. He was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience" for his production of The Frog Bride at Broadway's New Victory Theater. He has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater. Fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation, this feast of funky, physical storytelling leaves young audiences exhilarated! Dennis J. Dove began his career as a professional musician and performer in 1996 as a cast member of the Broadway show Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. He has been a cast member of off Broadway shows, theatre productions, conducted his own clinics, and has participated in local and international festivals. Dennis founded Kids Junk Orchestra (KJO) in 2012 to expose youth to the arts through music. KJO emphasizes musical enrichment, by encouraging youth to tap into their imagination and creativity. Through the use of non-conventional items such as buckets, pots and pans youth learn how to create various sounds and rhythms. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: WebsiteCombining the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one of a kind, stand out star in the family music scene. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he and his family band have earned a loyal national following.  Along with his daughter, MC Fireworks, 23 Skidoo creates unique and heartwarming party music that has garnered national awards, five #1 hits on SiriusXM Global Radio and praise from TIME, NPR, USA Today and many others. "Nobody is making better 'Kid-Hop' than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo" - NPR.ISMAEL MIRANDAREBEL TUMBAOJOE CLAUSSELL(SACRED RHYTHM MUSIC)Presented by SummerStageQueensbridge Park, QueensTuesday, July 15 at 6:00pmFREEIsmael Miranda, aka "El niño bonito de la Salsa" (The pretty boy of Salsa) always wanted to be a musician, and by age 11 had already formed two groups, "The 4J's and Little Junior" and "The Class Mates".  He sang and played conga for the group and they were good enough to appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Miranda also grew up and played in his first bands with Jazz percussionist Orlando "Q" Rodríguez and piano player Mark Diamond. In 1967, when Miranda was 17 years old, he made his recording debut and made such an impression on bandleader Larry Harlow, that he was hired as Larry's lead singer. He later joined the Fania All Stars and went with this band on tour to Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1973, he formed his own band called "Orquesta Revelación" and recorded "Así se compone un son" under the Fania record label. With this song, Miranda entered the new salsa craze which was sweeping the nation and was then baptized as "El Niño Bonito de la Salsa" ( 'The Pretty Boy of Salsa").  He went on to launch his own record label "IM Records" and continues to perform nationally to this day.

Make sure to arrive early for a free Salsa lesson with Zulma Rodriguez. Zulma is a professional dancer who has competed, performed and continues to teach dance. Her background includes Jazz, Ballroom, Hustle, and Salsa On1 and On2. Join Zulma at 6:00pm for a Salsa lesson that will teach basic steps, patterns and combinations, as well as how to connect beginner and intermediate Salsa On2 dance moves into a fun simple combination.

BALLET HISPANICO

A PALO SECO

Presented by SummerStage

Central Park, Manhattan

Wednesday, July 16 at 8:00pm

FREE  Ballet Hispanico: WebsiteCelebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation's premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez's legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. Ballet Hispanico will perform a dynamic quartet of works including Asuka, a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, choreographer Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one's homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community. Join us as we pay tribute to the life of Ms. Cruz on this special date which coincides with her 2002 appearance at SummerStage, as well as anniversary of her passing in 2003. A Palo Seco:

A Palo Seco offers an innovative way of looking at Flamenco, combining traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flare. Run by artistic director and choreographer, Rebeca Tomas, the company debuted its first production in May 2010 at Theatre 80 St. Marks. They have also appeared throughout the U.S. at venues such as the Chicago Flamenco Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance.  "A Palo Seco" is a phrase that refers to a bare-bones style of flamenco music, often consisting of singing or percussion alone.  This stripped-down aesthetic has become a central theme in the company's work, characterizing its biggest departures from tradition, while also rooting their work in the emotional rawness that lies at the heart of the art of Flamenco.

J. HOLIDAY

In association with WBLS

Presented by SummerStage

Queensbridge Park, Queens

Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00pm

FREE J. Holiday: WebsiteLaid-back Washington, D.C.-based R&B vocalist J. Holiday brings an unexpected edge to R&B music. He bears a street sensibility and bravado normally reserved for hip-hop but remains inspired by groups such as Boyz II Men and Jodeci. His first release, the hit single "Be with Me" was the prelude to the full-length debut album, Back of My Lac' . The album became a major success due to singles like "Bed" and "Suffocate," both of which topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Holiday's second album, the more romantic Round 2, shows audiences a softer side with tracks that are reminiscent of early 70's soul.

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